Komen for the Cure fights cuts to mammogram screenings

COAST CITIES — On Jan. 1, California’s state screening program determined it will make cuts to California’s Every Woman Counts program. It has raised the minimum age for free mammograms from 40 to 50, hence denying breast cancer screening services for 1.2 million low-income and uninsured women for the first six months of 2010.
As a result, Susan G. Komen for the Cure advocates rallied in Sacramento to oppose the cuts and are asking for donations to mitigate the change. Koman was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 33 and died three years later, demonstrating the importance of screenings even for young women.
This year, Komen San Diego received more than $2 million in grant requests. Unfortunately, due to the economy, the organization was only able to fund a fraction of them. Komen San Diego urges San Diegans to help during this time of crisis by donating to protect breast cancer programs across the country at http://www.komensandiego.org/make-a-donation/.
“Today, there is something you can do about it,” said Laura Farmer Sherman, survivor and executive director of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, San Diego. “While Komen is leading the fight in state capitols across the country, we need the community’s help too. We cannot let these cuts go unchallenged. The lives of our mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, friends and neighbors are at risk. Women in San Diego County are depending on us.”
For additional information or to find out how you can help, visit the national Web site at www.komen.org, or the San Diego Affiliate Web site at www.komensandiego.org.


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